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Smooth, air-conditioned ride to airport

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2009 23:45 IST
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A ride to the airport in a luxury bus for half the price you pay a radio taxi. And this is just six months away.

To be available from two locations in Delhi initially, the service would also be available from 17 important residential and commercial hubs across the National Capital region (NCR) to the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The air-conditioned luxury coaches would accommodate 8-10 passengers.

The buses will have facilities like on-board camera for greater safety of passengers, recliner seats, baggage handling facilities, and power socket for laptop use and mobile charging.

It would also provide meet and greet services for arriving passengers and give check-in assistance at the
airport.

The buses would have a distinctive look and colour combination for easy identification by people.

The service would be run by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC), a joint venture of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India; Government of Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation and Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited.

Though UMTC has yet to decide the fare structure, officials said it would work out to about Rs 7-8 per km.

“It would be almost 50 per cent of what radio taxis charge or 60-70 per cent of the fare of black and yellow taxis,” said O.P. Aggarwal, managing director, UMTC.

So if you were to take the bus from Mayur Vihar in East Delhi, which is about 40-km from the airport, a ride in the link coach to the airport would cost about Rs 280 to Rs 320 per person.

Aggarwal and DTC chairman R.K. Verma today signed a memorandum of understanding to run high quality airport link services.
UMTC officials said at least 10 buses on two pilot routes would roll out in the next six months.

“We have short listed Rohini, ISBT Kashmere Gate and Anand Vihar. We would start our service from two of these three points,” Aggarwal said.

“It would take about 8 months to start the service from all 17 pick up points.” Frequency of bus service would be maintained at 20
minutes.

To add value to the service, there is a proposal to link taxi service from pick up and drop points to the passengers’ residence.